Simtra Triple IPA | Knee Deep Brewing Company

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Simtra Triple IPASimtra Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Knee Deep Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Simtra Triple IPA delivers a punch in the face with its very danky hop aroma derived from Simcoe and Citra hops. You wanted more hops you got them.

Added by baggio on 02-12-2012

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 03/21/16, enjoyed 04/23/16...first off, freshness is key with these IIPA's, additionally, I have determined that only truly outstanding IIPA's come from California! Now I know there are those that will shout blasphemy for those words, however it is only my opinion and from my personal experience with this style. As other reviewers have suggested, yes, the 11.25% abv. is there, but, as others have stated, it's extremely drinkable, so be forewarned! My bottomline, fresh, this is on par with Enjoy By, Double Jack, or insert favorite IIPA here!

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Photo of drummerdwzp
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of agreenman19
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pinyin
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 12/14/15. Served from the 22 ounce bottle into a 5 ounce snifter at 38F.

Nice golden copper hue. Slightly hazy but not a juice bomb.

Nose is hoppy, floral and slightly grassy. Mango and grapefruit, dank greens.

Very nicely balanced and flavorful. I think the dry hop has most likely faded by this point, 4 months after bottling, but it still tastes solid. 11.2% is a little bit on the high end for an IPA, but it does allow for the brewers to pack in the hop flavors, which they did. Not sure I really like the combination of Simcoe with Citra, but this is fairly well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth, not too bitter, but very pungent and you will slightly taste the ethyl alcohol here. Not too easy tot hide it at 11.2%. Texture is really nice on this ale, and the carbonation and lacing is spot on.

Be careful with this beer. It's strong, and it goes down fairly easy. Good value for the price point, but I bet this tasted a lot better when it was first bottled.

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: slight haze; deep gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded quickly to a thin collar; OK lacing;

S: pineapple, red grapefruit, and dank pine;

T: floral, herbal, and white grapefruit from start to finish; some mint from the middle through the finish; slight bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish; hides the ABB very well - this sneaks up on you;

O: easy drinking; a lot of things going on;

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Photo of BethanyB
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look: A subtle haziness makes the deep orange body slightly opaque. The quick-to-melt white head leaves behind small, sporadic spots of lace.

Smell: Vanilla bean, rum, caramel, and coriander create an intense and fascinating aroma that's both spicy and sweet.

Taste: There is a toasty maltiness and a boozy sweetness which, together, remind one of roasted plantains. The complexity does not extend much past that, although there is a moderate hop bitterness otherwise, the flavor seems swallowed up by the high alcohol content.

Mouthfeel: A combination of spice and bitterness in the aftertaste leaves the tongue to tingle. Moderate carbonation allows for a somewhat dry finish, but overall the mouthfeel is surprisingly smooth for a beer of this weight and style.

Overall: A good attempt on an IPA with a high alcohol content, but the level of booze ends up detracting from the taste. Layers of complexity are overshadowed by the overt alcohol flavors. Still, the scent and mouthfeel are quite laudable, and the beer is drinkable, if nothing else.

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Photo of Stephen0712
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of mflamar
4.43/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beers-es
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber, pours a nice bright orange-gold with a couple fingers of white foam. Smells of grapefruit, orange, pine needles and pine sap. Taste follows. Decent bitterness, though it doesn't linger long. Alcohol isn't hidden super well, esp as it warms. Feel is a slightly too-thick medium. Overall a tasty triple IPA.

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Photo of madelf66
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of thebooyakid
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.56/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MJSFS
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesLeung
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moose90
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap, 10 oz

A — Pours a gleaming clear orangey amber hue into the glass. A light amber ring of foam sits on top and leaves behind some solid rings of lacing with each sip.

S — Smell is aggressive, sweet, sharp, piney, resinous, bitter citrus, dank, herbaceous, salivating, in-satiating .

T — Piney and sharp, aggressively bitter and clean, dry melon, sharp pine needle and pine cone, tree bark, sap, assertive.

M — Medium-full bodied, a hint of warming ABV, but very well hidden.

O — Incredible overall, sharp, bittter, refreshing, warming, inviting, upper echelon.

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Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikexw
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dd43
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some beers belie their ABV and IBU levels with a level of artistry that is hard to comprehend. This is not one of those beers. But don't go thinking this means Simtra isn't worth drinking. It's a big bodacious gnarly imperial IPA that Knee Deep has bestowed the nebulous "triple" moniker to. It is dank in every way that beer can be described as such. Lots of allium character, and sticky pine sap in the nose. Massive past ripe citrus fruit notes. Fermented pineapple, squishy mango, cantelope and peach come to mind. Has the alcohol heat I would normally associate with a barrel aged stout. If you want To have your ass kicked by an imperial IPA, this is your huckleberry.

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Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ego
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle date: 2/1/16

quickly fading head, golden hue with just a scarce trace of bubbles, lacing is blah, this looks pretty thin

juicy juicy hops, stinging orange notes, mouth watering candy notes, a little bit of seltzer and lemon zest, you can get just a little touch of the alcohol underneath, this is the type of hop smell that makes you go drool...

taste etc...
the carbonation is pretty low so this drinks sort of syrupy, herbaly hop flavor (with a hint towards juicy fruit / citrus), some really strong orange notes sing out in the after taste, pretty bitter but nothing that will cripple my tongue, you sense the alcohol just a touch, this drinks pretty damn smooth for the ABV (but again you definitely do taste a hot dose here and there alcohol wise), the hop oils do coat the tongue well

Hoppy, beautiful aroma, just a touch hot with alcohol, worth checking out if you like the high end burn hops (not fruity). With a little more refinement this could be a gem.

I was having some Moosebacher cheese with this and it held up! (australian swiss past cows milk)

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Photo of JMS1512
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: 22 oz. bottle of Knee Deep's Simtra

Aroma: A beautiful, heady meld of lime, grapefruit and dank pine resin fill out the hop side, with a clean white bread-crust malt presence and just a touch of prickly booze.

Sight: Largely crystal clear and burnished bronze body showing off subtle No. 2 pencil yellow highlights. The head wells up and sits around, thick and creamy. Lacing is big and patchy, though consistent with every sip. Bubbles purposefully make their way from the bottom of the glass to join their spherical brethren. A large super-continent of suds covers the surface as the head recedes.

Taste: The hops are the star of this beer, with much of the nose following through to the palate. Bright citrus and melon, and a good helping of sappy pine. There's a fleeting sweetness from the bready malt. Boy does that exit quickly, making room for a drying, crisp, bitter finish. As the beer warms, the alcohol is more apparent, but considering the abv (11.25%) it's quite smooth and well-integrated.

Feel: Medium-full, crisp, bitter. for a high-abv IPA, this one has a considerably smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is enough to lift the weight of the beer off your tongue, but by no means lively.

Overall: Deceptively smooth and easy to drink for a double, or maybe "triple" IPA. Consider pairing with a Davidoff Millennium Blend cigar. Well-crafted high abv offering.

Suggestion food pairing: Creamy white cheddar cheese, lemon-pepper chicken, salt-cured ham and other charcuterie, messy sauce-glazed barbecue ribs

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of TomMorris
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GregSemenza
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sound_Explorer
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Simtra Triple IPA from Knee Deep Brewing Company
4.25 out of 5 based on 2,234 ratings.
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